Nothing says success as doing something over and over and finding ways to improve. I remember a post way back that this guy always ran everything on elite (I think it was in regards to change to casual). I commend that, but I personally (in a post of my own) said that some quest that I do are mostly soloing on normal for the completion (profit). Like Rainbow. Or other quests with the purpose of getting the end reward as suppose to fulfilling the need to challenge myself.
If I had to challenge myself every single quest I probably would have what I have now since it takes longer, more resources and ultimately defeat the primary purpose that is Ka-tching.
Again – nothing against the idea of running everything on elite for the purpose of always proving myself better than normal, but I don’t feel like spending that much time if I need a Greenbriar Twig.
While this might be the best way of checking if my gear and build is truly up to the challenge I trust the many bouts of death and near death running Epic have ironed out most of the kinks. That’s why I have no problem running Rainbow on normal if the end goal is a swift resolution just as I can on Elite if I had the desire.
The reason why I thought about that is because I write this blog about what I do (not worried that someone reads it or anything) when I might skew the idea of how awesome sauce I’m doing things – neglecting to mention that I’m not doing everything on Epic.
Just as when I do prey in Reavers refuge I do it on Casual for the rune. And maybe that does make what I accomplish less when I read about pure DPS doing Amrath quests on Elite (and survive) but I feel that I’m simply conveying methodology and tactics rather than bragging rights for a serious accomplishment.
At this point I wonder what being elite vs elitist really means or matter; Can you be casual and elite at the same time, or a casual player with a elitist attitude? Can you be a avid player and casual about your accomplishments and at the same time happy with how things goes without doing everything at the very max?
I do run epics (even soloed claw before they made the aura auto agro on Lam and I don’t know if they fixed that – but I admit it was again for Ka-tching – that time to get the seal for the gauntlet of the claws) and other quests on Elite, both in group and solo. I’ve pushed the limit on what I feel is fun including failure in every single possible setting.
I think the most important thing is that you learn from mistakes and adjust and retry. Just because I run certain quests over and over on normal doesn’t mean that I haven’t or couldn’t run them on Elite. While I’m not ‘proud’ of the things I discover I’m glad that I find reasons to play the very same quest over and over again with the hope to find a better way and improve a tactic until it’s more like routine and I can move onto something more fun.
Hand on your heart; if you can accomplish the same but in less time, doing things which ultimate goal is a essence or material for things that take time – sometimes months to construct, would you really do it all on Elite to somehow cement a status that really only matters to one single person anyways?
Personally I measure how good I am by lesser standards; if I can repeat the same accomplishment on the most difficult setting say 3 times I’m fairly sure that as long as the outcome is as smooth as the first 2 I’m doing just fine.
To prove that point over and over doesn’t serve any other purpose then to dogmatically trivialize what’s been already recorded as a win, unless it also guarantees a better outcome. Such as me trying to get the eardweller when Elite doubles the effect over hard.
Anyways – it made me think and right now I’d love to get Rainbow down to 10 minutes.
I guess I could if I skipped a lot of the beginning, but I remember doing that; skipping past the 2 first areas with earth ellies and rusties and the first thing that happened when I tried to fry the beholder was that it survived, nailed all my buffs with anti magic and suddenly all those mad earth ellies managed to earth grab me over and over through the rocks and wall (kind of like the rare beholder in a new invasion managing to anti magic you through the wall) until the beholder had deep fried my FvS.
So maybe not unless I have those boots with FOM on them.